Jen Scanlon is entering her 13th season as the head coach of the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer program after joining the Sagehens in the fall of 2003.
Scanlon helped guide the team to their most successful season in program history in 2016 as the Sagehens won the SCIAC Regular Season Championship and advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time where they were defeated in a shootout to University of Chicago.
During her tenure, Scanlon has been honored as the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Coach of the Year, and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) West Region Coach of the Year. She guided the Sagehens to three SCIAC Championships and to the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2005, 2015 and 2016, while her 2004 team had the second-best won-loss improvement in the nation.
Off the field, her Pomona-Pitzer teams have ranked in the top three in the nation in team grade point average four times (with a combined 3.55 or better), including three second-place rankings.
Prior to coming to Pomona-Pitzer, Scanlon was the head coach at Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) for three and a half years. Scanlon also served as an assistant coach at Macalaster (her alma mater) from 1996-1998 and as a graduate assistant at the University of New Hampshire from 1998-2000.
During her playing days at Macalester, Scanlon was a three-time All-American and two-time conference player of the year for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). She was inducted into the Macalaster College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Scanlon holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “B” license and has experience coaching competitive club soccer and in the Olympic Development Program. She is a member of both the NSCAA and the USSF, and has served on the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer committee, including acting as the chair of the West Region and Great Lakes Regions.
Scanlon graduated from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) in 1995 with a degree in History, and then earned her M.S. in Kiniseology from the University of New Hampshire, with a sport psychology emphasis.
An associate professor of physical education in addition to her coaching duties, Scanlon earned the Claremont Colleges Lavender Graduation Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award. She currently lives with her partner, Liz, and their daughter Annika.
David Nolan enters his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer program and his first season as Associate Head Coach in 2016. Nolan first joined the staff in 2014 and has coached the Sagehens in two-straight record breaking season which saw the team enter the NCAA Tournament in back to back years and most recently had their deepest run where they reached the Elite 8 in 2016.
A native of Dundalk Ireland, Nolan attended nearby Cal Baptist University and later La Sierra University in Riverside, where he was a captain of the soccer team and graduated with a degree in marketing. He is currently pursuing his masters degree in Coaching and Athletic administration at Concordia University Irvine. He earned La Sierra's Golden Eagles Award after his senior season, given to the top male and female athlete in the athletic department, while also earning the school's Sportsmanship Award. He previously played soccer at Cal Baptist before transferring to La Sierra for his final two seasons. Also Head soccer coach at San Clemente Surf soccer club. Holds a USSF C license. Married to Maddison and currently resides in Riverside, CA.
Ruben Martinez enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer program. He will assist Head Coach Jennifer Scanlon in all areas needed.
A native of Santa Ana, California, Ruben played soccer since age 7 and has been exposed to the highest levels of soccer as a player and as a multi-sport athlete in school. He has been a high school teacher and coached boys and girls HS varsity soccer, volleyball, and cross country for 15 years in Southern California. He is currently a club soccer coach in Fullerton, and has a USSF "C" License as well as a USSF "B" License pending. He also has NSCAA Goalkeeper Levels 1, 2, and 3. His favorite pro soccer team is Real Madrid, favorite male soccer player of all time is Maradona, and his favorite female soccer player of all time is Michelle Akers Stahl. Traveling to pro soccer games around the world, doing furniture upholstery, and practicing and teaching martial arts are his favorite hobbies.
Michael O'Connor is entering his first season as a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer Coaching staff where he will act as the Head Goalkeeper Coach.
He previously spent time coaching as the Head Goalkeeper Coach at San Clemente Surf and before that was the Head Goalkeeper coach for Inland Empire Surf and Legends Football Club. O'Connor has NSCAA Level 1 and 2 Goalkeeper Licenses and USSF D license.
O'Connor played soccer collegiately at La Sierra University.